Army Chief says Pakistan values historic relationship with Iran

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Thursday, 20 April 2017

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said yesterday that Pakistan greatly values its historic relationship with Iran and the same will continue based on mutual trust and respect for interest of each other.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost called on the COAS.
The evolving regional security matrix and other issues of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting, including measures against the common threat of terrorism.
It was second meeting of Iran’s Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in over a month in an apparent effort by the two sides to iron out differences on Pakistan’s move to allow the former army chief to head the Saudi-led counter-terrorism alliance.
Although, a handout issued by the military’s media wing did not explicitly mention the controversy surrounding the Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism, officials familiar with the GHQ meeting confirmed that the issue was the main agenda item.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement quoted the army chief as telling the Iranian envoy that “Pakistan greatly values historic Pak-Iran relationship and the same shall continue based on mutual trust and respect for each other’s interests.”
This was the second visit of Iran’s Ambassador to the GHQ. He previously met the army chief on March 4 just days before the government confirmed that former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif would soon join the Saudi-led alliance as its head.
Iran has expressed concerns over the development raising fears that this may strain ties with Pakistan.

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